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  1. Comment on Suggestion: Hide my logged-in username while browsing in ~tildes

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    Wow, @Deimos, you're really good at assigning these classes, making it so easy to write these customisations. Thanks a lot for that!

    Wow, @Deimos, you're really good at assigning these classes, making it so easy to write these customisations. Thanks a lot for that!

    1 vote
  2. Comment on MDN (beta) is now built with React in ~tech

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    From the Beta Feedback thing up top. Even browser devs reimplement browser functionality in JavaScript now, beautiful.

    We should try to preserve scroll position for client-side navigation. When the user goes back to a page, they should see the same part they were seeing before.

    From the Beta Feedback thing up top. Even browser devs reimplement browser functionality in JavaScript now, beautiful.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Chill before parting for the last two of my MA exams on Monday morning. I've reinstalled Debian with Gnome on it and have gotten rid of my tiling wm setup to force myself into it. Actually wanted...

    Chill before parting for the last two of my MA exams on Monday morning. I've reinstalled Debian with Gnome on it and have gotten rid of my tiling wm setup to force myself into it. Actually wanted to try Kubuntu but the installation would fail with an I/O error no matter what. I tried elementaryOS and the same. So I installed Debian w/ Gnome desktop. Later I thought maybe it was b/c UEFI, but I can't be bothered to do another install, those TeX packages take ages to download and install...

    Gnome is beautiful! It is easily the most polished Linux desktop out there. KDE is nice and smart, but the way it's components manage configuration (both state and config dumped into a million files under ~/.config, so you can't easily VCS it) sucks big time. Whereas with Gnome I just wrote a script that dumps the dconf tree and filters some state (window size and pos mostly), which I check in, and I'm done.

    3 votes
  4. Comment on Guitar Pedals in ~music

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    If your guitar doesn't have one installed, a tuner pedal could help with the biggest chore of guitar playing. The one effect that I love is the good old Cry Baby Wah pedal. If I ever get an...

    If your guitar doesn't have one installed, a tuner pedal could help with the biggest chore of guitar playing.

    The one effect that I love is the good old Cry Baby Wah pedal. If I ever get an electric guitar again, I will get one, along with a tuner & a looper.

  5. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    Why the fury? I'm just using some metaphors to illustrate my point. Also, reducing to absurdity is just another rhetorical/philosopical device that can be useful when reasoning. I am not relying...

    What point, that you can reduce an argument to absurdity, rely on the slippery slope fallacy and manufacture completely unrealistic scenarios?

    Why the fury? I'm just using some metaphors to illustrate my point. Also, reducing to absurdity is just another rhetorical/philosopical device that can be useful when reasoning.

    I am not relying on anything and (by implication) not participating in a game using this tactic or that to beat arguments.

    I have also already declared support for deplatforming and certain kinds of censorship.

    The point I am arguing is: the client app, the browser, is not the right place for this sort of censorship. Let's be realistic: X wants to access bad-mastodon.social, and Tusky blocks it. Will they not download Just Another App™, but give up instead? Also, when logging in on Tusky or Fedilab (my client of choice, since way before all this nonsense), you have to literally type the domain name of the instance you want to log in to. Do you really believe someone who does not know what Gab is will type whatever-gabs-domain-be.social in that box and create an account on that instance? And do you really believe it is worth it given it takes nothing but a few seconds to find another client and download it, and that there always will be another client? And finally, do you really really believe that someone geeky enough to ever have heard what Mastodon be and figured out how to get an account on it will be unable to download another app to go to whatever instance they want to, or just to navigate to the instance itself? This is all nonsense. This is just putting a lone door out in the open and locking it and saying it'll deter the thieves and the marketers and the JWs.

    Just download Tusky or Fedilab or try to sign up for a Mastodon account to see it for yourself. The scenario that someone indeliberately signs up for a bad instance is basically impossible. And if you sign up on a good one, stuff like Gab should be blocked by the instance itself already.

    3 votes
  6. Comment on Primitive Technology: Crossdraft Kiln in ~hobbies

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    It is also more "serious" than most other replica channels which just try to shock the viewers into watching. When I read the descriptions on PT's videos, it is obvious that what he does is well...

    It is also more "serious" than most other replica channels which just try to shock the viewers into watching. When I read the descriptions on PT's videos, it is obvious that what he does is well researched and has at least some base in actual archaeological facts.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on What do you think about "robot affection"? in ~talk

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    I want to speculate here (and to make clear I'm doing so, IDK what I'm talking about): might it be a transitory period in between a largely patriarchal world where people married early on and men...

    I want to speculate here (and to make clear I'm doing so, IDK what I'm talking about): might it be a transitory period in between a largely patriarchal world where people married early on and men never needed to really be attractive & women never do much to be attractive towards a more egalitarian world where every party has more choice and as women get more independent both actually and subconsciously (think tradition) they'll look less for the prince on the white horse or the guy with the suit and wallet.

    Even the language has something to say here: women are beautiful and men are handsome, which is not really equivalent in its semantic sense.

    9 votes
  8. Comment on What do you think about "robot affection"? in ~talk

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    The shouting youtuber phenomenon by Coffee Break talks about this. It is a trend among youtubers to yell and scream with a fabricated excitement b/c it drives views. It is crazy annoying these...

    That said it is a bit weird seeing dudes in there 30s-40s fawning over a kids toy like that, but imo, it came of forced, probably says more about the yt review style.

    The shouting youtuber phenomenon by Coffee Break talks about this. It is a trend among youtubers to yell and scream with a fabricated excitement b/c it drives views. It is crazy annoying these rubber-duck youtubers.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    It might be a silly take, but you can be a better interlocutor and call it "mistaken", "misguided", "misinformed" or even "ignorant" or "hyperbolical". "Silly" or "ridiculous", especially when you...

    It might be a silly take, but you can be a better interlocutor and call it "mistaken", "misguided", "misinformed" or even "ignorant" or "hyperbolical". "Silly" or "ridiculous", especially when you use it towards your interlocutor, is patronising and deriding. They might be fun to use if all you care is winning an argument, but the language you use is of utmost importance if you actually want to change someone's mind. I am an open-minded individual and won't ignore information just because, but the vast majority of people out there will.

    I'll disengage from this discussion here, and read the links I've been provided later. I don't think it'll change my mind too much, for I'm already pro-censorship&deplatforming in this regards and I do agree that exposure to shitty communities can cause radicalisation even for less likely people; I just think it is superfluous and futile to deal with it on the browser/client itself. I do support deplatforming, but I don't think what Tusky did constitutes as deplatforming: it is more than that and it goes too far IMO.

    6 votes
  10. Comment on What do you think about "robot affection"? in ~talk

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    One vague question in my mind is about consent, agency of loved ones, and how these stuff train people w.r.t. these concepts: with these robots, consent is bought, affection is bought, and the...

    One vague question in my mind is about consent, agency of loved ones, and how these stuff train people w.r.t. these concepts: with these robots, consent is bought, affection is bought, and the things don't have agency. If these ever become widespread, would they make it harder to teach kids how they should react to a "no" or other negative situations in affectionate relationships with other humans? If they grow up with a doggo that never disobeys and never disappoints, how will they react to an actual dog that never bothers to sit when you tell it to or pulls on the leash incessantly when you take it for a walk? When you look a kid react to a cat, for example when it does not want to be petted and hisses or jumps away, tells a lot about how the kid is raised. If they are pampered and never taught empathy, they become upset or even attack the animal. If they are raised well and taught empathy, they don't care or even laugh at it. When affection and consent is something to be bought, something sitting on the shelves in a supermarket, how will they react?

    11 votes
  11. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

  12. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    Censorship is censorship. It is not inherently a bad thing. Filtering CSA is censorship, it is a good and useful one. Censorship is about publications, not physical goods like weapons....

    Censorship is censorship. It is not inherently a bad thing. Filtering CSA is censorship, it is a good and useful one. Censorship is about publications, not physical goods like weapons. Restrictions (IMO total ban) on the sale of weapons is a good thing. Still a restriction, but a good and useful one. The problem with the kind of censorship you link is that it is generally abused for other kinds of censorship. In the UK it is way more than CSA. I live in Turkey where the censorship capabilites are used to silence the opposition and hide the govt's wrongdoings.

    There is a dilemma with censorship: we definitely need some of it, but when we have the mechanisms in place, it almost never stays at the level we need them. Thus deplatforming is more important and effective all the while not requiring compromising citizens' privacy.

    Imagine for a moment you make a client. You find out your software is being used to spread far-right ideas. You are, at that point, in part responsible for what happens as a result of your software existing.

    No, the author of software is not responsible at all. Just like browser makers are not responsible for the production and consumption of CSA imagery, just like the manufacturers of the hardware used aren't, or the constructor of the property in which the abuse happens or the imagery is consumed isn't. That is unless the software was not written expressly for propagating racism, CSA or other sorts of hate & abuse.

    If I sold wrenches and a guy came in wearing swastika and 1488 tattoos, you can be certain he wouldn't be leaving with any of my tools. OK, his Nazi nuts might get tightened somehow but I'm dammed if I'm going to make it easy for him.

    This is actually not relevant, but just for the sake of it, if the guy came with the things covered, or you did not know the meanings of the stuff (I just looked up 1488, did not know the 88 part before and thought it was a date), you would've sold the wrench. Is that participation in hate crime or racism?

    2 votes
  13. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    First of all, you can choose better adjectives than "silly" and "ridiculous" when referring to the words of just another well-meaning tildestrian like you, can't you? For the actual topic itself,...

    First of all, you can choose better adjectives than "silly" and "ridiculous" when referring to the words of just another well-meaning tildestrian like you, can't you?

    For the actual topic itself, I wouldn't mind if this was about marking these instances as bad, or just making it harder to get to them. For what you say about people getting sucked into rabbit holes and coming out terrorists just because, I'm willing to change my view if you can provide some evidence that this thing happens.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    Those hypotheticals are not very realistic (except policies against minorities happen all the time, e.g. in opposition municipalities; tho it's generally the far-righters that oppress in IRL...

    Those hypotheticals are not very realistic (except policies against minorities happen all the time, e.g. in opposition municipalities; tho it's generally the far-righters that oppress in IRL situations), yes, but they are meant to illustrate the point.

    My belief is this whole Tusky thing is one big futile virtue-signalling by the app's devs. The Apple ones might have a point w.r.t. App Store banning them. But apps are not platforms, they are clients. This sort of blocking won't stop those who want to participate, and no-one accidentally becomes a far-righter because they accidentally chose a shitty far right instance and accidentally registered an account there.

  15. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    Censorship is censorship. It is important to be aware that it is a band-aid solution, and other actions are necessary, like education, evangelising, general social progress. This sort of...

    Censorship is censorship. It is important to be aware that it is a band-aid solution, and other actions are necessary, like education, evangelising, general social progress. This sort of euphemisms would only confuse us.

    Apart from that, I'm not anti-censorship. I just think that censorship should not happen at the level of clients. They should remain neutral. Just like a wrench does not discriminate between nuts to tighten, a browser should not discriminate between websites to visit. Because then the stronger, not the ethically better, will determine the rules. That is really dangerous in this world we live in where far right is gaining wind in its sails again.

    "Filtering" is something the user decides on. I have uBlock Origin with very strict filters on. I filter out politics on Tildes via not subscribing to ~news, and do not subscribe to ~lgbt in order to avoid long discussions (dealing with procrastination issues). I don't subscribe to /r/Turkey b/c it's a racist nationalist sub. Etc etc. This is filtering. When someone else does it for me, it is censorship. I'm fine with it when it happens on the hosting, ActivityPub federation and NIC level; I don't want it to happen on the ISP and browser level (and Tusky essentially is a single purpose browser).

    5 votes
  16. After watching this and this, and dealing with the cringe and shock, I wondered about whether these things, including this but also stuff like sex robots or other robots whose purpose is some sort...

    After watching this and this, and dealing with the cringe and shock, I wondered about whether these things, including this but also stuff like sex robots or other robots whose purpose is some sort of affection, will ever take off. I know the phenomenon where in Japan adult males date handheld gameboy-like computers (wut?), but apart from that, I'm not sure anybody will prefer these stuff instead of the real thing. It also feels deeply weird, bizarre and cringy. What do you think of these tech?

    20 votes
  17. Comment on How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem in ~tech

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    Gab might be an obvious shithole, but who gets to decide on more particular cases? How do we react if a major browser decides to block LGBTQ+ websites? What if all major text editors refused to...

    Gab might be an obvious shithole, but who gets to decide on more particular cases? How do we react if a major browser decides to block LGBTQ+ websites? What if all major text editors refused to allow editing files with racist words in them? Should we all wear glasses that hide far right content? Should areas with mostly far righters be deprived of roads and public transport?

    Deplatforming is good. What instances do is good. But tools themselves should not have ideas. If they do, it is a very dystopian future. Browsers or Mastodon clients aren't a good platform to implement censorship on. All it takes is to changes one line in a single text file, and you worked around the cebsorship.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Oh god, how stupid am I :)) Tho the similarities between En/It and En/Fr are almost identical, so the methods would be identically useful.

    It's French, but thanks! :)

    Oh god, how stupid am I :))

    Tho the similarities between En/It and En/Fr are almost identical, so the methods would be identically useful.

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  19. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Sorry for late reply, things are kinda going fast for me these days. The biggest essential of my study method was to study the linguistic aspects of the languages I know. For example, the...

    Sorry for late reply, things are kinda going fast for me these days.

    The biggest essential of my study method was to study the linguistic aspects of the languages I know. For example, the etymological links between the present day vocabulary of English and Italian: English uses a huge amount of Latin loan words and other morphemes that has been transferred and are productive in today's English (-ive, -al, -ation, -able are some examples). Finding out how to deduce the Italian counterparts of these almost halved the effort needed to learn vocabular and read text early on: revolution = rivoluzione, patience = pazienza, involuntary = involontario, rapidly = rapidamente, etc. The Wikipedia articles for the respective languages make a good start.

    I also always look for patterns everywhere. This not unrelated to the above, that one is a patterns business too, but here I'm talking about patterns internal to Italian, e.g. understanding what in- or a(d)- or s- or -ità does to the stem they are added on, where prepositions appear, when do alternative word orders appear, what morphosyntactic patters appear in which contexts. Patterns, in general. Learning these subconsciously through attentive consumption of comprehensible input furnishes you with the knowledge required to understand novel constructs when you encounter them.

    Let's dissect sbilanciato. s- occurs with various meanings, but the most prominent one is negation. -(a)to is the participle suffix (1st conjugation masculine), and just like in English, participles can be adjectives. Now we're left with bilanci(a). Can we think of a possible cognate in English? "Balance" comes to mind. So what we have at hand is "not balanced". I imagine something that was knocked out of balance. When I look up the word, I find out that we've hit the nail on the head. What is the point then, if I can just go to the dictionary? Well, when this sort of analysis becomes a reflex when confronting unknown words or other structures, you can make out part or all of the meaning while you're still reading, w/o breaking the flow. Also, you figure it out in context. These two mean that you are more likely to retain the word, and you train your morphosyntactic knowledge of the L2 in the meanwhile.

    So, looking for patterns (and learning info that'll help spot them, like etymology or diachronic development of the relevant languages) and figuring out stuff in context is at the core of it. The stuff described in that blog post is basically a method to fabricate situations in which this mechanisms can easily work, almost involuntarily. The key here is to not be a perfectionist and not force yourself to understand the entire thing at once, using dictionaries and other helpful stuff. Many times even in our native language we don't understand every detail of a message so that's not a big deal. But when we study a foreign language and have the false (but very common) belief that it is not common to not understand stuff in their entirety in our mother tongue, we gravitate towards a more lab-like study of the L2, which is productive for some, but leaves out a lot of the use-related aspects of language and is not as effective in general.

    Do not hasitate to ask me further stuff! Have a nice time learning Italian.

    1 vote
  20. Comment on When The Racist Is Someone You Know and Love… in ~life

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    This is way too unstructured to really get something out of it, but this part is an illustration of a very interesting phenomenon: Just getting to know the Other a bit is the best remedy of...

    This is way too unstructured to really get something out of it, but this part is an illustration of a very interesting phenomenon:

    I was visiting them both in the hospital when my grandmother said, simply: I was wrong to use the N word. And I was wrong to tell you all those horrible things about black people. It’s what my daddy taught me and it was wrong. She said it in front of her roommate, who listened but never said a word. It was a movie ending — and it was true.

    Just getting to know the Other a bit is the best remedy of racism. It seems to me that most racism is born out of some kind of distancing, voluntary or not. When the distance is removed, hate cannot survive, for it is built on stereotypes and other ignorance. Reminds me of this: https://www.npr.org/2017/08/20/544861933/how-one-man-convinced-200-ku-klux-klan-members-to-give-up-their-robes

    4 votes